this one is dedicated to mario

Some of my favourite moments from Call Me by Your Name (the novel) Part 2

1. Flirting over Bach. While Elio plays Bach on the guitar, Oliver has a “cutting” and “cruel” look on his face. Wounded, Elio stops playing. Oliver begs him to continue, but Elio teases him by switching to piano and changing the piece, refusing to play it as he played it before until he finally acquiesces:

“I knew exactly what phrase in the piece must have stirred him the first time, and each time I played it, I was sending it to him as a little gift, because it was really dedicated to him, as a token of something very beautiful in me that would take no genius to figure out and that urged me to throw in an extended cadenza. Just for him.”

We talk a lot about Elio’s thirst but he is a true romantic!

2. While Oliver was dating Chiara he and group of friends decide to go for a bike ride. They are one bike short so Oliver asks Elio if Mario can borrow his:

“I shrugged my shoulders, meaning, Go ahead, I couldn’t care less. But no sooner had they left than I scrambled upstairs and began sobbing into my pillow.”

MY HEART

3. Basically all of Monet’s Berm, but especially when Elio puts his hand on Oliver’s crotch and Oliver removes it in a gesture that’s described as “quite glacial”.

I see you Oliver ;)

4. Vimini:

“He likes you too—more than you do, I think.”

Captain of our ship!

5. When Elio takes Oliver to the bookshop and thinks:

“This is where I dreamed of you before you came into my life.”

My romantic son.

6. Vulnerable Oliver. As much as I love Elio’s teen angst, Oliver’s longing has a quiet pain that is very moving. The first night they sleep together he is “fussing awkwardly”:

“ ‘I’m so glad you came,’ he said. ‘I could hear you moving in your room and for a while I thought you were getting ready to go to bed and had changed your mind.’ ”

And later when he asks, “Can I kiss you?”

7. Oliver taking off Elio’s clothes:

“He was whispering, ‘Off, and off, and off, and off,’ which made me laugh…”

Cute, and cute, and cute, and cute.

8. Elio seeing Oliver wearing his bathing suit and calling it an “unbearable turn-on” which somehow leads him to the memory of Oliver coming on his chest… Have I mentioned that I love this book?

9. The entire peach scene might be the most human thing I have ever read, but especially Elio’s reaction while Oliver is actually eating the peach: 

“I was crying because no stranger has ever been so kind or gone so far for me…”

10. In Rome when Elio begins to contemplate life without Oliver:

“Would I be able to live without his hand on my tummy or around my hips? Without kissing and licking a wound on his hip that would take weeks to heal, but away from me now? Whom else would I ever be able to call by my name?”

I’m in agony.

11. Elio’s dad ripping out what’s left of my heart and handing it back to me:

“I never had what you had. Something always held me back or stood in the way. How you live your life is your business. But remember our hearts and bodies are given to us only once… I don’t envy the pain. But I envy you the pain.”

12. Oliver’s Christmas visit:

“I’d love nothing better than to take your clothes off and at the very least hold you. But I can’t.”

*flips table*

13. And when they meet again years later:

“…he was more me than I had ever been myself, because when he became me and I became him in bed so many years ago, he was and would forever remain, long after every forked road in life had done its work, my brother, my friend, my father, my son, my husband, my lover, myself.”

Congratulations, you broke me.

Alive!Noah Headcanons 
If Noah was alive and if he was the same age as the rest of the gang.

  • Noah is your typical angsty teenaged skateboarder to be honest so keep that in mind.
  • Bleaches his hair blond but then always dyes it a different obnoxious color when he’s out of school for the summer.
  • Blue helps him dye his hair because they are literally best friends. He teaches her how to skateboard and they spend a lot of weekends hanging out and creating art together. Where Blue is focused on fashion, Noah is obsessed with abstract sculpture and painting. 
  • His artist signature is always having glitter in all his work.
  • Actually, one whole corner of Monmouth is dedicated to their art. They have a huge white sheet covering the area that is splattered with paint and theres all sorts of weird shit over there.

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Jimin as your boyfriend

aaaaaaand anotha one! I’ll link yoongis and hobis wen I’m not on mobile buuut for now,,,,((also sorry if there’s any spelling mistake or soemthing I just write these and I barely check over them 😰😰💗💗💗))

Yoongi  Hobi

•Healer
•Person who listens to everyone’s problems but doesn’t like to share his problems bec he feels like it’d be a burden to everyone else
•Jimin would never be able to comprehend the extent of your love for him

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I have been on a huge super mario buzz lately and I also realized I never did anything for pride, so I decided to mix them both together :)

I still have some hearts to do but it’s pretty much finished. I dedicate this to my friend @stickyfigs cause she’s an awesome person and one of the strongest gals I know! ❤💖💛💚💙💜

Don’t Look Back (ACOTAR AU) - Part 4

A/N: Bless Lucien Vanserra, that is all.

Summary: It’s senior year and everyone is fighting battles they do not want to face. Toxic relationships, conservative parents and alcohol are a bad mix. Quite frankly a recipe for disaster.

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Ines insisted that they eat dinner first before Rhys whisked Feyre away to study and then his mother actually winked at him. Rhys truly wanted to die, this was an exceptionally bad idea.

As they sat down to eat, his mother at the head of the table, while Feyre sat between Mor and Rhys on one side, and Lena sat between Cassian and Azriel on the other side, Rhys’ mother was asking Feyre questions she already knew the answers to considering Feyre was a daily conversation in the Spera household unbeknownst to her.

“What are you planning on taking at University?” Ines asked, at least she was acting normally now, but every now and again she would look at her son with a glint in her eye. Earlier, when Rhys was helping her make the final touches on dinner, she whispered, you two would make such beautiful babies.

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So I made a passing joke to a friend today that it doesn’t matter if Waluigi got into smash, he’s already got a ticket to Nintendo’s hottest spin off game in town: Mario Kart. Link, the Inklings and Villager also knew what the fuck was up by accepting the invites to MK8 lol

As a weirdo who loves to look at sales statistics of my fav games, I can say MK has historically always outsold Smash. Sometimes only by a tiny fraction, sometimes by a cosmic amount. 

Most prominent example, Mario Kart Wii is the 7th best selling videogame of all time (and just beaten out by the NES Mario bros at no.6… How fitting lmao). Mario Kart DS meanwhile is the 22nd best selling. Mario Kart 7 is at no.37.

Smash, criminally, doesn’t even get in the top 50 of all time. 


Here’s a graph of sales to show the history of the two games side to side. I picked only the main series Mario Kart, for simplicity’s sake. I love how Mario Kart Wii’s sales dwarf everything else lmao. 

And of course this is just for fun and isn’t indicative of quality. A Smash game takes around six years to make on average. Absolute madness and dedication goes into every entry. But one thing this does do is make me super excited to see how Smash Ultimate will sell! With no new MK game for the Switch, just a port, the numbers should be record breakers. Maybe Smash will finally get on the best seller podium! 

Habby Birtdoy, Jordan!!

@not-so-innocent-bi-sander was borthed today a million years ago and so i wrote this for her because i lov her (:

whats a tag list? i aint ever heard of her lmao


Tonight was game night. That meant pizza, popcorn, and plenty of video games.

Virgil and Roman had been dating steadily for several years, now. It was a tradition, now, that they would set aside all plans every Sunday and spend the entire day dedicated to them. Just them.

They supposed it wasn’t officially a day to play video games, but it often led there one way or another. Roman Sander’s living room always ended up filled with the sounds of competitive jabs and hearty, victorious laughter. While cuddling was sweet, and watching movies wasn’t unpleasant, nothing solidified their bond more than Roman breaking Virgil’s winning streak after having his ass handed to him in Mario Kart for the fourth time in a row.

“Ha ha! Take that, Jolly Green Giant!” Roman cheered, standing up from the couch after narrowly dodging the blue shell that hit his boyfriend and secured his victory. He tossed the controller to the couch and strutted off to the kitchen with his empty glass and bare plate. “I am victorious!” He shouted over his shoulder, earning nothing more than an amused eye roll from his competitor.

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Animation on the Couch #04 – Super Gumball Bros

Back to Pixel Art! This one is made using Pixaki app and Apple Pencil. Pixaki is the best Pixel Art App out there imho.
And btw, this one is dedicated to one of my favourite cartoons ever! I love The Amazing World Of Gumball and all its pop culture reference! Gumball and Darwin would make a perfect Super Couple!

I do find it funny that one of the most dedicated VA’s in the videogame industry that has endless adoration for his character has next to no lines. Like apparently when Charles Martinet went for the part of Mario, he filled the roll of tape bc he just talked so much. 

Then you see him at live events and the guy just spends hours chatting away as Mario/ Luigi/ Wario/ Waluigi ect.

But then Nintendo sees this and is just like: We have a new game Charles! You get to announce the games title. We’ll just re-use the same ‘yeahoo!’ from Mario 64 and call it a day. New lines? Oh no don’t be silly

dj-bayeux-tapestry  asked:

I've recently become interested in video games with elements of outsider art - particularly in its intersections with the fangame and ROM hack world, such as Paper Mario World and Super Mario 89 - and have considered starting a video series on the topic. Do you have any specific suggestions of games like this that aren't listed on your site?

Ohhhhh my goodness do I! I haven’t written much about them, but there are a few that come to mind right away if you’re thinking about way-out-there fangames.

One of my absolute favorites is Super Mario vs. nWo: World Tour, where Mario and friends go on a platforming/kart racing adventure that prominently features an original character, a giant farting man named Bubba. The graphics are original 3D renderings of Mario game elements like pipes and Piranha Plants.

I’d also recommend Yoshi vs. Windows, where Yoshi has to defeat Bill Gates and Clippy.

Those ones are flashy and weird, but the ones that really get me are the totally sincere ones. Sonic Bible Adventure is really bad, but it stands out because it’s really dedicated to being a religious Sonic game. The same with Resident Koopa, an attempt at a Resident Evil-style Mario game that falls way short but tries its best (I don’t think that one is online anymore, but I have a copy).

Because I used to help run a Mario fangame website, I have an enormous collection of other weird fangames that haven’t been shared publicly yet. Reach out by email, and I can share things if you’re interested!

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Two excerpts from the journal of 18-year-old Mario S., who shot and wounded a student outside the Federal School Center in Mistelbach, Austria on May 9, 2018. The passages roughly translate to:

“I hate you all! You are to blame! So do not be surprised … you’ll all die someday anyway I’m only too happy to help you…”

“I am unique. Godlike. Like Eric and Dylan. I will be with them soon.”

Mario started the journal 37 days before the attack on April 2nd, opening with an entry alluding to his plan and a dedication to his “closest soulmates”: “I thought I’d stick my thoughts on paper. Maybe it helps, because I have no one else to talk to. Maybe I can even keep myself from my plans. Murder fantasies like these I have never had. The world would be so much better if everyone were dead. PS: This journal is dedicated to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (the Columbine-Gunmen, editor’s note).”

He continued writing on April 15th: “The world is sick, I hate anyone who populates it. Everyone should just die. I can not wait to shoot anyone who messed me up earlier. Blow them all away with a shotgun.”

And the same sentiment is repeated again on April 18th: “If the others are at least nicer, or just smarter than me - but they are not, and that’s why they have to die. And I have to die too. As if I would voluntarily stay a minute longer. The world is just evil and bad. That’s why I want to die. But not without you all.”

Followed by more praise for the Columbine shooters: “Eric and Dylan are true heroes. I worship them. They too were fooled, and they avenged themselves. Just as I will take revenge. I’ll die a hero’s death like them. But I do not want recognition from you. Because you do not care, everyone!”

The day before the shooting, Mario bought an ankle-length black trenchcoat in the fashion of his idols and additional shotgun ammunition. He then scribbled down a final entry: “By now I do not care who dies when. I have no patience left. Bye.”

It’s a Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo Power Strategy Guide special episode!

Hey everybody! We’re doing something weird again! That, or I’m doing something weird again, because I don’t know if either of the other mods have experience with this! This is a screencap of the Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo Power Strategy Guide. What a mouthful! But an important mouthful, as this was one of my first pieces of exposure to the wonderful world of Weird Mario Enemies. Back in… 2008? 2009? My grandparents owned an NES, which had a copy of Super Mario Bros. 3, alongside this. With a couple pages dedicated to all the enemies in the game, I pretty much read that part obsessively, at one point drawing every single enemy I saw! I just found this thing delightful! In hindsight, many of the enemies covered in this manual feel relatively tame, but now that I’ve found an imgur gallery of the whole thing, I feel I should get to share my past with all of you, alongside other cool things I’ve discovered upon looking back upon it! Let’s-a go!

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thank you mandzo💖

i just hit a 100 followers. when i made this blog i expected like 5 people following me and that’s it. through these past weeks i met a lot of great, uplifting people with such unique personalities and i’m grateful for each and every one of them.

i was planning to make this post all about my followers and how much i’m thankful for them, but then another thing happened. another croatia nt player decided to end his nt career. that player is mario mandzukic.

he was one of the first people i ever remembered as being a footballer. i remember being a little girl and just watching croatia play, i’d always chant “mandzo, mandzo!” and be happy whenever i saw him on tv.

words can’t describe the emptiness i’m currently feeling. sure, i’ll be seeing him play for juve and all that, but it’s just not the same thing. the words he wrote in that letter will always be in my heart. i know he loves our country with all his heart, that he’d give his life for our jersey, for our colors.

so, instead of dedicatig this post to my followers, i’m dedicating it to the man who made me fall in love with football. the one and only, mario mandzukic.

hvala za sve legendo!

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anonymous asked:

the phandom claims they want better gaming content but yet when deppy plays a game like mario kart, it doesn't hit 1 mil for a week or more. the dil videos will hit 1mil in less than two days. I've seen people complain that no one likes dil anymore, but like the views and comments on just YouTube are completely telling deps otherwise. If people want them to do better content, simple, that majority (ppl who watch just dil) needs to start watching they're other gaming videos more.

Yeah, that divide comes down to what the casual audience likes vs what the dedicated audience likes. Dan and Phil skew toward pleasing us most of the time - we are generally the target audience in liveshows, on twitter, with merch, for their stage show, for the books. But youtube in general is a different ballgame, they’re looking at analytics that reflect more than just us and they’re getting ad revenue from more people than just us. 

The videos that end up being most popular amongst fan circles are usually dependent on Dan and Phil’s behavior between each other, which casual fans probably don’t give a fuck about. The Sims is objectively a series that anyone can get into without needing to know a lot of Dan and Phil backstory. That’s something people respond to. The bomb game was great - for watching Dan and Phil communicate.  For a casual fan it was two guys badly playing a game because they skipped a lot of levels and didn’t know what anything was. Someone watching just to see gameplay is probably gonna bail out of that. 

Fandom’s not gonna win this one. Just sit back and enjoy what they do make, and appreciate that once in a while casual appeal and fandom appeal merge. 

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library - Book | Buy-Now!

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Featuring all licensed and unlicensed titles, the book provides details for each game cart: developer, publisher, release date, genre, availability, and more. Bonus sections are dedicated to test and promo cartridges and even game cart variants! It s all here, so Nintendo and video game fans alike can learn about all the good, bad, and interesting games in the large and impressive NES library!

- 800+ NES game reviews, including games released exclusively in Europe and Australia
- Supplemental articles relating to the history of the NES by internet personalities and game historians such as James Rolfe, Andre Meadows, and more
- A guide to popular NES devices and controllers
- Samples of unreleased NES games
- Written and compiled by Pat Contri, NES game collector and historian
- Foreword by Blake Harris, author of Console Wars

Here’s a full body shot of my Rosalina cosplay from Ramencon 2017. It took awhile to get everything together, but I think it turned out pretty well!

I also wanted to dedicate this cosplay to my friend Dani, aka MoonAngel. She’s also a fan of Super Mario and she cosplays as Princess Peach. Unfortunately she is no longer with us, but wanted to make her proud as a Mario princess. Miss you Dani! This ones for you!

Photo By UMOPhoto
Wig By Pisara Wigs
Brooch By Azure Colored Rose Cosplay
Special Thanks To Kuri Cortez
Event: Ramencon 2017

Games Of The Year - 2017

It’s a silly tradition to pit games with totally disparate mechanics, aesthetics, and design aims against each other, but it sure is fun to do.

10. DANDY DUNGEON

Yoshiro Kimura’s bizarre farce of a roguelike was one of the biggest out-of-left-field surprises for me this year. I didn’t delve deep enough into the game to see if its free-to-play trappings eventually become overbearing, but what I played of Dandy Dungeon frequently left me with a bemused smile on my face. Seeing the charmingly doofy main character Yamada dance around in his underwear before breaking into a monologue about the intricacies of game development is the kind of Japanese-ass Japanese shit I love in games.


9. PUYO PUYO TETRIS

Played this for a few dozen hours on Switch, and I know at this point it’s almost a cliche to say, but “it’s perfect for the platform.” Being able to easily shift from idly playing in bed on a handheld screen to doing an intense two-player match on a TV is something I want for basically every game of this type in the future. Wins my “Pokemon Puzzle League Award” for being the game I immediately break out if I’m having an anxiety attack on the subway.

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8. MARIO ODYSSEY

I played through most of this game (the main story up through the “final” fight with Bowser) on an 11-hour train ride, and it made it almost bearable. Playing through the game for the first time and progressing through its numerous worlds is a delight, and I would easily recommend any prospective Switch owners pick it up. Where Odyssey bums me out, however, is in its post-game content, much of which feels recycled and unnecessary. I don’t need to stack a bunch of Goombas to meet up with a lady Goomba twelve times to get the point! Or fight the game’s minibosses nearly unaltered for the fourth time! The good thing is, most of the worst parts of the game are totally optional. Play the game and then poke around in the post-game worlds, but don’t try to collect everything unless you hate yourself.

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7. SONIC MANIA

While I have some problems with this game’s insistence on using dated mechanics that we moved past for a reason (like punishing checkpoints for a game over), it really accomplishes its goal of reviving the Genesis era of Sonic with loving fan service crafted by the series’ own dedicated fans. I hope Sega lets the Mania team make a sequel with original levels, because seeing what the game does with its own new worlds makes going to older ones feel disappointing in comparison.

6. GOLF STORY

I never played the Mario Golf games as a kid, but I’m glad that Sidebar games picked up the mantle and decided to make their own take on the portable golf RPG. The mechanics are solid, the humor is goofy but charming (except for one notable, seemingly endless rap battle), and the courses make the most of their offbeat themes. Hopefully Tennis Story is next!

5. TYPESHIFT

A mobile game that is perfectly suited for its format, and is content to be a mobile game. Typeshift is the only free-to-play mobile game I actually put money into in 2017, because it lends itself so perfectly to being played in the in-between hours, waiting for buses or appointments, where you’ve got nothing better to do but look at your phone. The number one game to keep you off of Twitter.

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4. PERSONA 5

I have so many mixed feelings about Persona 5. I’m simultaneously shocked it isn’t my game of the year, but also shocked I liked it enough to put it on this list at all. It’s a messy, ambitious RPG that doesn’t quite pull off what it sets out to do, but still manages to outshine almost any other game in ~~~style~~~. Its characters aren’t as charming as Persona 4’s cast, and like any awkward teen, it has some gross homophobia and misogyny that it needs to work out, but Persona 5’s ambition and intention shine through its faults to create something singular and maybe even necessary. Just make Persona 6 about 30 hours shorter, P L E A S E.

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3. NIGHT IN THE WOODS

Night in the Woods is basically everything I wanted and didn’t get from Persona 5 this year. Where that game’s characters didn’t stray far from anime tropes and sometimes felt a little too much like an adult’s idea of “what teens are like,” Night in the Woods’ characters feel realized and human, and its world feels lived in, and often a little uncomfortably real. This is juxtaposed with those characters being talking animals with oversized cartoon heads, but it’s hard not to get attached to Gregg and Bea as if they were real people. I’m about to start a second playthrough to see the other side of the story that I missed, and explore the new content from the game’s recent update - I’ve already poured a decent amount of time into this world, and I can’t wait to jump back in.

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2. SPLATOON 2

Definitely the game I’ve put the most time into this year. It started off with basically everything the original Splatoon had going for it, and just keeps on adding and adding. With the recent additions of the Clam Blitz competitive mode and additional clothes and maps, the game is starting to feel almost overwhelmingly content-rich. In a good way! Plus, Profresional rank Salmon Run might be the most pure fun I’ve had with any game this year.

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1. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD

Breath of the Wild is a world to get lost in, a game where I was constantly surprised at what I found over the next corner. Whenever you struggle your way up a mountain or through a dark forest into a cave, there’ll be a shrine or Korok seed or an interesting new piece of gear for you to discover. There are issues that I hope are addressed in the next installment (weapons breaking way too quickly, somewhat weak dungeons in the main story quests), but overall, it’s a masterpiece that I’m certain I’ll be coming back to again and again years from now.

Plus: the DLC gives Link a damn motorcycle.

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The Switch versions of STARDEW VALLEY, THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM, and ROCKET LEAGUE.

I put dozens of hours into these games this year, which are, again, “perfect for the Switch.” I didn’t count them on my list since they’ve all released previously, but they were all new to me. Stardew Valley started a template for Golf Story and other games that will surely follow, taking a neglected series and subgenre and giving it a new life. Skyrim is unbelievably expansive and dense, and provided the blueprint for Breath of the Wild and countless other open-world games - I will almost certainly never finish every quest that it has lined up for me. Rocket League is fun, I’m not sure that I “get it” in the way other people do, especially those who get deep into the competitive aspect, but for a casual player like me it’s fun and a little bit nonsensical, especially with a friend.

FIRE EMBLEM ECHOES: SHADOWS OF VALENTIA

Echoes isn’t as good as the other 3DS Fire Emblem games, but its unique mechanics like dungeon-crawling and playing two campaigns simultaneously were fun additions to the formula. I’m hoping the “Echoes” subtitle format points to a future where Intelligent Systems remakes the *good* Fire Emblem games, like Genealogy of the Holy War, in whatever engine Fire Emblem Switch is running on.

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ANIMAL CROSSING: POCKET CAMP

Pocket Camp doesn’t feel like an Animal Crossing game, but it’s not really trying to be one. The first few hours with the game are surprisingly fun, even if a lot of the in-game action comes down to grinding out requests and watching meters fill up to fill other meters. Where the game falls apart is in how quickly and steeply it ramps up its demands - soon enough, you’ll find yourself in need of 200 wood and 30 “natural essence” to craft a table for 15 hours so a bird will want to be your friend. I just couldn’t find the energy to keep coming back to the game when it made its paywall so obvious and non-negotiable.

Well uh...that was unexpected

In this world, your soulmate was decided through your eyes.  When you were born, you were usually born with two different colored eyes (unless you were one of the poor brown-eyed saps who was destined to love another brown-eyed sap).  Your left eye was your own and your right eye was your soulmate’s.  The only way of finding your soulmate, though, was to recognize your own eye on your destined lover’s face and vice-versa.  It was a strange system, but love is a strange feeling, a strange force, so it fit quite well.

“You did what?!” Ryan gasped in disbelief, “I can’t believe you’d make deals with a gang! Do you know what they do to people when they can’t pay off their loans??” A tall figure stalks him in the shadows.  The other man on the phone is trying to explain himself but Ryan isn’t having any of it.

“They’ve killed people, Jake! They will find you and seriously fuck you up, god forbid they don’t go after your family or Aunt Trish!!” The figure grew closer as Ryan chewed out this man, Jake.  Jake.  That sounds familiar.  This must be the guy then.  The figure stalks quietly closer, and seconds after Ryan ends the phone call, he’s knocked over the head by something heavy and blunt.  As the world grows darker, he catches a glimpse of an unsightly hockey mask being lifted up to show a wicked grin beneath before it all turns black.

To most, this job would seem gruesome.  To Luke, it was daily life, his common practice.  If someone didn’t pay up or disrespected him and his crew, he got to punish them.  His gang was small, but that didn’t necessarily mean weak.  They made loans and deals with many and their way of dealing with the dodgers was so horrid that no one wanted to mess with them, did not want to see what could happen.  He had gotten a text from Jonathan, his friend and brother, that he had their latest target locked up.  The cousin, Luke believed, of a man who was late for payment.  According to Jon, he was kind of cute.  Not for long, though.  

He entered the compound, a large, underground space owned by Jon’s friend Tyler.  Luke wasn’t sure he knew the guy well enough to really consider him his friend, but he was a cool guy.  He walked past one of the many media spaces, large rooms dedicated to fucking around when they weren’t busy, and snuck a quick glance inside.  Marcel, Anthony, and Lucas were busy shouting at each other over Mario Kart while another of their group, Craig, watched.  He looked over and quietly waved at Luke before turning back to the game.  He was the most recent of their gang to find their soulmate.  She was a nice girl, Samantha maybe? Yeah her name was Samantha.

Soulmates were such a wild concept to Luke.  Someone was magically assigned to you to love you and for you to love before you were ever born, though everyone ended up happy in the end.  He didn’t think finding his soulmate was out there.  He had the heterochromia, but this was such a dangerous line of work that even if he did find his soulmate, they wouldn’t want to stay with him in fear of constant danger, or maybe they’d be disgusted by his profession.  Luke chuckled and continued on his way.  Oh well, that was a problem for another day.  He made his way past other doors to the “torture room.”  It’s a cliche name, yes, but it’s all anyone could think to call it.  As he opened the door, he heard Jon’s maniacal laughter directed towards who he assumed was their captive.

Ryan was shaking violently, whispering pleas that fell onto deaf ears.  He heard the door open and a second set of footsteps as the man who was creepily cackling earlier walked over to the new guy. They hugged (he thinks, it’s hard to tell while blindfolded) and started talking.  These people are fucking insane if they’re so casually interacting while he sat there tied up and blindfolded.  He gathered up what fleeting courage he had and did possibly the stupidest thing you can do in this situation.  

“YOU ASSHOLES HAD BETTER LET ME GO OR I’LL-” Slow, almost arrogant sounding footsteps began approaching him.  God he was an idiot, “I’ll…”

“You’ll what?” Ryan took a shaky breath.  Him and his dumb ass mouth god fucking damn it.  He knew the man was expecting an answer but he couldn’t give one.  What the hell would he do?? He’s tied up in some sort of underground lair–he woke up a bit in the elevator–and he doesn’t have any sort of ties to someone as powerful as the men in this gang.  Besides, as soon as his cousin hears of his death, he’ll be halfway out of the country with his family.  There was absolutely no hope for him.  He knew he was near tears.  He did fuck all with his life and now it was about to end.

Luke chuckled and picked up a stained bat, turning it over in his hand.  He had to admit, the guy looked pretty cute all tied up and terrified.  He was almost glad that Jake guy failed to pay his dues. He had no time to think of that now, though.  He had a job to do.

“I hope you know I have nothing against you.  Your cousin or whatever just needs a little reminder that he owes us.”  The man was crying now, whispering silent curses toward his cousin and prayers to whatever god he believed in.  Jon was looking through the other tools on the table nearby trying to decide which would send the best message.  Luke turned the bat in his hand again, thoughtfully.  

“You know what, Jon, I think I wanna get a good look at this one’s face before we rough him up.”  Jonathan only nodded before walking up to their captive and removing the blindfold.  Luke blinked.  Staring back at him was a pair of eyes, brown and hazel.  Eyes that perfectly mirrored his own.  What the hell? There’s absolutely no way.  It’s just a coincidence.  A scary fucking coincidence.  He looked back up to his partner.  

“Cartoonz…”

“Wait- Jon, didn’t you say the guy wore glasses?? Give me your old ones.”  Jon dug through his pockets, searching intently when the man quietly spoke up again.  

“Wh-What’s happening? A-Are you going to beat me up or not?” His questions were left unanswered, however, as the masked man finally pulled out an old looking pair of glasses.  Luke grabbed them and placed them gingerly on their captive’s face.  

“Can you see okay?” He asked.  Ryan blinked a few times.  They gave him glasses? Were they going to break them on his face and blind him before killing him? Were they being cruelly kind to him before ripping away any hope he had left of a quick death? He hesitated before answering. 

“Uh…yes, but-“ he stopped and stared wide-eyed at Luke, who was kneeling in front of him.  Something about his eyes felt so…familiar.  Like he’d been staring at them in the mirror throughout his entire life.  It was when he blinked again and Luke’s eyes were suddenly both brown that he realized what was happening.  Luke looked up to Jonathan, his gaze softened and a little disturbed that he almost just beat the living crap out of his soulmate. 

“Go tell Evan I’ll take care of the guy’s debt.”  Jon nodded and left without another word.  The man bound up in the chair stared up at his newly found soulmate, still a little wary, though he somehow felt at ease with him in the room, despite all the sharp objects that were previously meant to disfigure and kill him.  Luke untied Ryan, the latter relieved to be free of his binds and safe from harm.  He rubbed his wrists while Luke threw the ropes in the corner.  The atmosphere of the room felt terribly tense so Ryan spoke up.  

“…Thank you.”  Good job, Ryan.  Way to ease the tension you fuckwad.  Okay so maybe that wasn’t a good icebreaker but hey, he at least tried right? He, however, must have said something right because Luke’s face flushed (whether from Ryan’s innocence or the fact that he nearly murdered him, but who could really know).  

“You’re uh…welcome…” Luke smacked himself in the face, “God, I don’t even know your name! I’m so sorry about this.”  Ryan only smiled at him.  When you get past his intimidating six-foot, scary ass frame, this guy was actually an adorable softy.

“My name is Ryan…and you are…Cartoonz?” Luke chuckled softly.  Ryan had a feeling that wasn’t his actual name.  Why would you tell an enemy (or a victim) your real name?

“It’s Luke, actually.”  The two men laugh and Luke hooks his arm around Ryan’s waist, “So what do you say to me showing you around the base?”